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DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #8 (of 8)

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Based on 9 critic ratings.

The epic saga that began over three years ago reaches its final, cataclysmic conclusion! As worlds burn, heroes fall-can hope prevail? DCeased ends here…

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
37 pages
Language
English
Price
$4.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BZ14FCRL

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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Taylor crafted a strong mix of heroes from classics like Superman, Green Arrow, Green Canary and Cyborg along with the new generation of Damian Wayne as Batman, Jon Kent as Superman and Cassie as Wonder Woman. As they’ve battled through challenge after another, it’s been a wild ride rooting for them to survive this chaos.

    Artists Lucas Meyer teams with series regular Trevor Hairsine. Meyer has a very clean style that probably should contrast with Hairsine’s rough and rugged style more. Splitting the responsibilities evenly helps and it’s fitting that Hairsine takes the final half to wrap the series. As always, Andy Lanning’s inks help improve on Hairsine’s art and Rain Beredo’s colors provide that final burst of dramatic color to sell the desperate state of the heroes.

    DCeased has been a tremendous ride. Taylor, Hairsine, Lanning, Beredo and the other various creators who’ve contributed in some fashion should be proud of the work they did in making a tired zombie premise into a superb story about heroes, sacrifice and family.

  • 100

    ComicBook.com

    DCeased: War of the Undead Gods ends on a befittingly bittersweet ending. Having shed the trappings of the zombie apocalypse setting the series had embraced, all that was left was a confrontation with the primordial creature that caused so much death and loss. The creature itself is nothing particularly special, nor is the supposed “final battle,” but it perfectly embodies the series as a whole. It was never about the action, violence and gore, it was about the people who remained and the relationships that managed to withstand the end of the world. And to top it all off, Tom Taylor hinted that this was the end years ago. Well played.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    So, here we are—after three full-length minis and several spin-off series, the whole saga concludes here. Last issue saw Cyborg score a victory over the Anti-Life virus and successfully de-zombify several major characters—including reuniting the Free family and finally allowing Supergirl to meet her cousin. But the victory is tempered with horror, as the real villain is still out there—Erebos, the God of Darkness. This ancient primordial deity is more powerful than anything DC heroes have encountered before, and that’s enough to unite just about everyone against him—including new recruit Darkseid, cosmic force Black Racer, and long-time villain Ares. While the fight seems impossible, Damian comes up with a plan to enter Erebos’ impassable realm the only way they can—by dying and entering the realm beyond life, if only for a minute under controlled circumstances.

    Of course, a big part of this story has been Damian’s ascent to the role of Batman—something Jon Kent and Cassie Sandsmark have also had to bear, as the trinity was reformed with only the original Superman remaining alive. And Damian has always been his father’s son, with one last plan up his sleeve that not even his allies know about. For a series that spent so much time as a hard-boiled horror series, it’s interesting that this final series—and particularly the final issue—is so cosmic and relatively bloodless. Narrated by Alfred Pennyworth, who is now the immortal Spectre, this issue has a very melancholy vibe to it, even feeling more like an epilogue than anything else—although the action that ensues within the story is maybe the most significant of the run. It truly does feel like an ending, one that slams the door closed with style. It’s probably destined to go down as one of the all-time best Elseworlds to come out of the modern era.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The DCeased saga is one of the very few tales I own digitally, buy every individual issue of, and also have hardcover collections for. If you’ve never read it, please pick up the collected editions, because these are tales that will entertain, shock, terrify, inspire, and delight. That’s about the highest praise I can give.

  • 85

    AIPT

    Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Lucas Meyer bring the end to the end of the DC Universe. We’ve seen some fantastic team-ups and combinations, but there are still more before they go. You’ll see what happens when you piss off a Wayne—a resounding conclusion to a beautiful series.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    DCeased, much like Injustice and Dark Knights of Steel, gives me something that the mainline books can never give me and Tom Taylor delivers it in spades. Real stakes, real emotions, a sense of true loss and victory, and radical changes to the world at hand. What we get here is done incredibly well in balancing so many characters and working with brief subplots so that it feels real and earned. The artwork is strong, the characters look great, and the scale hits just right. And Erebos has the perfect look here at the end. This was a great run across each of the series and it culminate well into this hard-won victory that leaves you somewhat exhausted with all that these characters have been through. Very recommended.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    The journey was not always perfect but ultimately Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Lucas Meyer delivered when it counted with DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #8 being a strong end to the story. The DCeased Universe as a whole will easily go down as one of the best stories in DC Comics modern era.

  • 55

    Batman-News

    War of the Undead Gods continues the DCeased series long after its expiration date. While mostly a morbid story, basking in the carnage and despair of notable characters, Undead Gods manages to tell a story about hope within hopelessness. Albeit, the story only really accomplishes this after killing whole families and civilizations for impact. I found some of the gnarly “what if” aspects such as Alfred as the Spectre, undead Mr. Mxyzptlk, and Yellow Lantern Darkseid some of the only likeable standouts. However, none of these superficial aspects do much to save the morbid storytelling or maddeningly distorted artwork. Outside of the ending, the series has disappointed my expectations for deeper storytelling. Overall, I can only hope Taylor finally lays DCeased to rest.

  • 50

    Fortress of Solitude

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